These are excerpts from the Hainish
Encyclopedia. It explains some words you'll find in Ursula K Le Guin's
The Word for World is Forest.
Athshe, aka World 41 or New Tahiti, is a planet covered in forest, with
trees and wild life much like on Earth. The Atshean hilfs are small, roughly
a meter in height, and covered in a greenish fur. They are a very peaceful
people, who are deeply in touch with their dreams.
Captain Don Davidsson is one of the main characters in The Word
for World is Forest. He is a terran, aggressive and narrow-minded,
on the brink of paranoia.
In The Word for World is Forest,
the terran colony on Athshe recieves orders from "the colonial administration
bureau in Karachi". (In the 20th century, Karachi was the biggest city
in Pakistan. Whether this is the same Karachi is unclear.)
Captain Raj Ljubov was really the only terran who made a decent attempt
of reaching, and understanding, the minds of the hilfs on Athshe.
Another name for world 41, Athshe.
Prestno, or world 88, is a planet, close to Atshse. It is referred to
as "one of the Hainish group".
A continent on the planet Athshe.
Selver of the Ash is one of the main characters in The Word for World
is Forest. He was an hilf from Athshe, a small, furry and gentle character.
After his wife Thele was raped and killed by the Terrans, he abandoned
the athshean peaceful way of life to strike back horribly at the invading
The Shackleton was a NAFAL cruiser. It carried a shipload of women to
the newly establish terran colony on the planet Athshe. She had room for
A terran camp on the planet Athshe. The terrans came to the planet to
get the wood, and used the local hilfs as labour. Finally they fought
back, and the first stroke was the attack on the Smith Camp. Some 900
athsheans killed all the 207 men in the camp.
The native name for one of the main continents on the planet Athshe. The
terran Central City on Athshe was located on Sornol.
Thele was a hilf on Athshe. She was the wife of of Selver, whom after
she was killed became the leader of the athshean resistance.